Egg quality is the cornerstone for fertility and conceiving. At birth, a women has all the egg she will require for childbirth, however as age advances, her egg quality also will decrease in quality.
How Do I Improve My Egg Quality?
Recent scientific research suggests that blends of powerful antioxidants can help improve egg quality. The research indicates that egg cells are highly susceptible to harm from free radicals, the unstable oxygen molecules that are produced as the body breaks down toxins, and antioxidants help ensure your egg cells are protected from their damaging effects.
- Protection from free radicals
Everything in the body is made of cells that need to be protected from free radicals and this includes the egg and sperm, as well as all of the reproductive organs. Free radicals are a by-product of our metabolism, and, although they’re and needed at low levels, if you drink, smoke and eat a poor diet, it increases your free radical load, which in turn damages the egg. The great thing is that a diet rich in antioxidants neutralizes free radicals, so bright coloured fruit and veggies will give you immune protection.
- Minimize Stress:
For some women, chronic stress can affect ovulation by altering signals to the part of the brain that regulates the hormones that trigger the ovaries to release eggs each month. In cases where a woman ovulates in spite of the stress, there can be problems with fertilization and implantation in the uterus. It’s not about eliminating stress; it’s about managing it. Many women de-stress with exercise, which is always a good thing, but the real benefits come from taking time to stop and practicing techniques that involve slowing down and doing nothing. Breathing techniques, meditation and yoga all help, and 20 minutes a day or more is perfect if you can incorporate this into your daily life.
- Good Diets:
Healthy diets such as protein and fatty acids provide the building blocks to healthy eggs and hormones. Protein from fish, chicken and meat as well as vegetable sources are all crucial to egg health. One quarter of infertility cases relate to ovulation disorders, although recent studies have suggested that too high a protein diet can negatively impact fertility, but that dietary changes can improve or maintain the proper function of the ovaries and therefore enhance your chances of getting pregnant. Whole milk products and vegetable protein is good but cut off trans-fats from the diet as these can effect ovulation.
- Proper Nutrition:
Micronutrients all help in the eggs’ development and Vitamin D is key for good ovarian health, especially for women going through IVF. Studies show that those with higher levels of the sunshine vitamin had a better IVF outcome. Omega 3 and Essential Fatty Acids may influence egg maturation, so make sure you have enough in your diet. Iodine is abundant in the thyroid, ovaries and breasts and can be found in Essential Fatty Acids, Zinc and Betacarotene.
- Take Fertility Superfood Supplements:
Maca and Royal Jelly are great examples of superfoods supplements. In combination, they help to balance the hormones; increase egg quality and quantities but do not contain any hormones themselves. This is essential in preparing for pregnancy and IVF because healthy hormonal balance greatly contributes to healthier eggs.
- Add Antioxidants to Your Meals:
Antioxidants are one of the most important components for having a healthy fertility that every woman needs to focus on, especially if you want to support your egg health.
They help protect your eggs from free radical damage; free radicals can damage egg cellular health including its DNA, and this can have a negative effect on your ability to get pregnant; sustain a healthy pregnancy and may also increase the chances of birth defects.
Dietary & Lifestyle Habits That Can Damage Egg Health:
Non-organic meats and dairy
Low fat diet
GMO Foods (genetically modified)
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